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JfJfP comments


06 May: Tair Kaminer starts her fifth spell in gaol. Send messages of support via Reuven Kaminer

04 May: Against the resort to denigration of Israel’s critics


23 Dec: JfJfP policy statement on BDS

14 Nov: Letter to the Guardian about the Board of Deputies

11 Nov: UK ban on visiting Palestinian mental health workers

20 Oct: letter in the Guardian

13 Sep: Rosh Hashanah greetings

21 Aug: JfJfP on Jeremy Corbyn

29 July: Letter to Evening Standard about its shoddy reporting

24 April: Letter to FIFA about Israeli football

15 April: Letter re Ed Miliband and Israel

11 Jan: Letter to the Guardian in response to Jonathan Freedland on Charlie Hebdo


15 Dec: Chanukah: Celebrating the miracle of holy oil not military power

1 Dec: Executive statement on bill to make Israel the nation state of the Jewish people

25 Nov: Submission to All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism

7 Sept: JfJfP Executive statement on Antisemitism

3 Aug: Urgent disclaimer

19 June Statement on the three kidnapped teenagers

25 April: Exec statement on Yarmouk

28 Mar: EJJP letter in support of Dutch pension fund PGGM's decision to divest from Israeli banks

24 Jan: Support for Riba resolution

16 Jan: EJJP lobbies EU in support of the EU Commission Guidelines, Aug 2013–Jan 2014


29 November: JfJfP, with many others, signs a "UK must protest at Bedouin expulsion" letter

November: Press release, letter to the Times and advert in the Independent on the Prawer Plan

September: Briefing note and leaflet on the Prawer Plan

September: JfJfP/EJJP on the EU guidelines with regard to Israel

14th June: JfJfP joins other organisations in protest to BBC

2nd June: A light unto nations? - a leaflet for distribution at the "Closer to Israel" rally in London

24 Jan: Letter re the 1923 San Remo convention

18 Jan: In Support of Bab al-Shams

17 Jan: Letter to Camden New Journal about Veolia

11 Jan: JfJfP supports public letter to President Obama

Comments in 2012 and 2011



Jewish ‘leaders’ are local sub-contractors for Israeli propaganda

For the first time in Israel’s history the consensus of support in the UK for the new state has broken writes Robert A.H. Cohen. Despite – or perhaps because of – the slick propaganda for Israel which the Jewish establishment transmits it is the Palestinians who have won popular support among younger generations.

Jewish establishment ignores racist harms done to non-Jews

Mike Cushman in the FSoI blog writes a sharp critique of those who used Chakrabarti’s report and the launch event merely to attack Jeremy Corbyn. They ignored her evidence on a wider racism because, of course, only Jews have ever suffered.

The myth that holds British Jews together

All of Israel’s supporters sound so reasonable. Even the most zealous, like We Believe in Israel (not confined to Jews) say they believe also in the 2-state solution. This is the orthodoxy – which all bodies in the Jewish establishment sign up to. Which Bibi has just renounced. Robert Cohen points out the value of this illusion of Israel wanting such a peace, and the contradiction between what that establishment says and its enforcement of an uncritical position on Israel.

Another US campus rejection of establishment zionism

The Jewish establishment in the US (as in the UK) is largely zionist, seeing support for Israel as an expansionary Jewish state as being a criterion for admission to any proper Jewish group. This grip on academic life in particular is being rejected, here by the Hillel (Jewish student) group at Swarthmore college who have voted to include non-zionist members and speakers and, in the posting below, by the national council of the American Studies Association.

Establishment says US Jews who criticise Israel don’t know what they’re talking about

This is one of two completely different posts drawn from the same body of research into the opinions and practices of American Jews. This one, in Jewish Forward, focuses on the attitudes of American Jews to Israel (quite positive, but critical of settlements) and the bluster of the Jewish establishment rubbishing critical opinions. The second, posted earlier in the week from the NY Times, focuses on assimilation and Jewish loss.